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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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I put my thoughts on my reading up on my blog.

Preface & Part One: http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2022/01/24/obama-buddy-read/

Part Two: http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2022/01/24/obama-buddy-read-2/

Mostly just jotted down thoughts. I did this with a few “chunksters“ I've read -mostly to help remind me when I want to refer back, but also for students that follow my reading.


AmyG He is such a wise, rational man. And he can thank his Mom and Grandparents. I loved reading these. 2d
TheBookHippie @AmyG ♥️ He is just so wonderfully soothing to read. 2d
CBee Awesome 👏🏻 Can‘t wait to check out the blog! 1d
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Alright my #obamabuddyread friends, how are we doing? I have a confession - I had to switch to the audiobook because I was having concentration issues with print. I‘m telling you, nonfic and me, we‘re like oil and water 😂😂
BUT! I love listening to it, I could listen to him all day. Making good progress now!

Kdgordon88 I haven‘t read January‘s section yet but will this week! 5d
CBee @Kdgordon88 no rush!! 😄 5d
melissajayne Not great 5d
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peanutnine I finished this month's section and looking forward to discussing! I am also listening to the audio. It's so good! And so much easier for me to get through in that format 5d
Sleepswithbooks This is my usually my lunch break read and it‘s always a soothing 20 minutes to get out of the noisy hospital and “hear” his voice when I‘m reading his words. 5d
CBee @melissajayne I‘m sorry 😞 I know you have a lot going on, so don‘t feel pressured! Take care of you ♥️ 5d
CBee @peanutnine same! I should‘ve probably done audio from the beginning 🤷‍♀️ 5d
CBee @Sleepswithbooks I‘m so glad it‘s been a bit of stress relief from work ♥️ 5d
Julsmarshall I loved listening on audio! I find his voice so calming and my walks were a lot longer so I could keep listening! 5d
TheBookHippie 😂 I cannot do audio ever and nonfiction is my jam 😂😂😂 I love this read. So soothing. 5d
CBee @Julsmarshall I can understand why! I‘ve been mostly listening in the car, and thinking of ways to possibly make those drives longer 😂 5d
CBee @TheBookHippie I rarely do, but for memoirs and such, it‘s great! At least for me and my 🤪 brain 5d
AmyG @Sleepswithbooks ha…I hear his voice, too, when I read. It‘s so strange to think this wasn‘t so long ago…co sidering where we are now as a cou try. @melissajayne I hope all is ok. Sending a hug. 5d
melissajayne @AmyG things are going ok; just got a little bit busy and am more tired than usual. But I‘m nearing the end of my chemo treatments & just hv surgery & radiation to do. 5d
TheBookHippie @CBee It calms my brain to read in-depth text 😂🎉🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ve always been that way. Especially memoirs and such however I know that‘s unusual. I do love the pace of our schedule it‘s so wonderful ! Thank you for that! 5d
CBee @TheBookHippie I envy you for that! Maybe it‘s just my life right now 🤷‍♀️🤪 And you‘re welcome! Really glad I decided to do it and it‘s been awesome reading with y‘all ♥️ 5d
AmyG @melissajayne I didn‘t know. Hoping all goes as planned. Wishing you strength to get through it all and then…only good health. 5d
melissajayne @AmyG thanks. 😊 5d
Sargar114 @CBee I‘m the same way with non~fic. I ended up doing a lot of audio in this section as well, it‘s quite an enjoyable experience that way anyway. But it really helped, especially when it comes to discussing policies. 4d
CBee @Sargar114 yeah, it‘s been much easier listening to it and I‘m enjoying it even more ♥️ 4d
ncsufoxes I‘m planning on reading it this week, I‘ve been super busy with grad school related stuff this last week 4d
CBee @ncsufoxes no pressure 🥰 4d
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All the Young Men | RUTH COKER. BURKS
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After the emotional slaughter house of The Four Winds, Dreamland provided lighter fare with an ok mystery. All the Young Men was another excellent choice from my #NewYearWhoDis match. I am in part 2 of To Paradise, made no progress on Sunflower Sisters and am just starting Mirror, Mirror for Booked2022. Up next is January‘s section for #ObamaBuddyRead, finish The Other Side of Midnight and this week‘s section of ATUA.

Suzze Loved the Sunflower Sisters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Have To Paradise waiting…. 5d
Cinfhen All the Young Men was sad and don‘t get me started on Four Winds 😖PLUS To Paradise!!! What a week 😭 5d
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Coffee then part two. Unexpectedly home this morning so read it is. 😂😅🤷🏻‍♀️ #OBAMABUDDYREAD

CBee 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Y‘all. I had to post this - look at these two 😍😍😍 Don‘t forget January is Part 2 for our #obamabuddyread!
And (a late) Happy New Year from me, friends ♥️

Traci1 I love this picture so much. 😊 4w
BennettBookworm Love!! I know, I saw this and thought maybe it should be my phone background lol 4w
CBee @Traci1 right? They are so fun 🤩 4w
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CBee @BennettBookworm I can relate and I say you should totally do it 😊 4w
AmyG I saw this on IG 🙌🏻❤️ 4w
CBee @AmyG they are just the best ♥️ 4w
MittenGirlPeach Love that pic! 4w
Kdgordon88 They are the best! 💜 4w
peanutnine I love their relationship 😍 4w
marleed When this scrolled by my Instagram feed my NY day was made - just so fun! 4w
Hooked_on_books I love this! 4w
sprainedbrain I love this so much! 4w
Sargar114 I saw this! Love them so much ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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#obamabuddyread friends! Here are a few of my reactions/feelings after reading Part 1. Please add your thoughts - looking forward to discussing! ♥️ Marked as a spoiler since many haven‘t read this 😊

TheBookHippie I remember hearing him speak at a protest in Chicago and then following his move through his political career and my friend and I saying this man is who should run for president when we heard he was running she called me screaming YOU ARE A Fortune teller! But seriously there is nothing like hearing him live. So full of hope you can feel it, it oozes from him, but also the sense of reality. Truly he has taught me personally to just keep fighting. 4w
TheBookHippie My thoughts reading are the same I remember that time and the times leading up to it. Seems like a dream now. I cannot imagine what he thinks about the hell that replaced him. I still can't believe it. I am enjoying this read and slow pace very much. I thank you for that! 4w
CBee @TheBookHippie I think the slower pace helps me digest it better - I don‘t feel “rushed” to finish and that‘s nice! Maybe one day I‘ll get to hear him speak ♥️ He‘s full of hope but not naively so, and that comes through in the book too. “The audacity of hope.” 4w
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AmyG I remember seeing him speak on Tv and thinking he should run. There is something about hom that gives one a sense of hope, security. I was so lucky to hear him speak at U of Michigan when our daughter graduated (she sat 2nd row right in front of him). It is a cherished moment for me. (edited) 4w
CBee @TheBookHippie oh! And my favorite quote thus far is on page 65, first page of chapter 4, about destiny. Just YES. 4w
AmyG @CBee He also speaks slow…and steady….so makes sense he would write that way. (edited) 4w
CBee @AmyG I hear his voice when I read it 😊 4w
AmyG I loved on page 17….he wrote how he “saw the danger of relying on a single charismatic leader to bring about change”. Relevant to him but also….to Trump. I keep thinking about the difference between the two leaders and their supporters. It‘s so very stark. (edited) 4w
AmyG @CBee I hear his voice, too. @TheBookHippie I am sure Obama is as shocked as we all are about his replacement. And I am sure we will read about that in the second part of this autobiography. 4w
CBee @AmyG it is. Plus scary. I love how he mentions so many by name, from the groundskeeper at the White House to Harry Reid. He gives credit where it‘s due and knows it takes a village ♥️ 4w
CBee @AmyG I don‘t know how he didn‘t just crawl into a hole after that mess. I would‘ve wanted to bury my head in the sand. @TheBookHippie 4w
TheBookHippie @AmyG seriously !!!! 4w
TheBookHippie @CBee I thought about it. Hiding. Never thought I‘d see a time worse than the Regan years… 4w
CBee @TheBookHippie I didn‘t want to get out of bed the day T won. 4w
TheBookHippie @CBee I threw up literally from 4am to 6am…. I KNEW what was coming…. 4w
CBee @TheBookHippie same. But I was so hopeful something would turn around….. it didn‘t. 🙁 My depression spiraled after that. 4w
TheBookHippie @CBee It took a huge toll of my mental and physical health that‘s for sure. Never in my life did I think I‘d have to look a four year old in the eye and not be able to tell her she‘d be safe. That the President yes he really did say those things and mean it. 4w
CBee @TheBookHippie the President. I know. I still can‘t even believe those four years even happened 😳 4w
AmyG @CBee @TheBookHippie I read that Michele went into a depression when Trump won. I will never get over it. 4w
TheBookHippie @AmyG The people who showed who they really truly were in the midst of it all: friends, family -I‘ll never get over that…. 4w
melissajayne @AmyG I think I read that that as well; I think she talks about in (edited) 4w
CBee @AmyG same. To work so hard and have it blow up in your face like that. @TheBookHippie yes, true colors came out, I was so shocked. 4w
CBee @melissajayne I need to read that one too 😂 4w
melissajayne I find the talk his mom had w/ him that he mentions on pgs. 6-7 stood out to me the most. 4w
melissajayne @CBee its so good; I think it would be an interesting parallel to Barak‘s book; she gets more personal than he does and has less politics. But it complements his book very well. 4w
melissajayne What also struck me is how much family has played so much in how he decided to do things and that he valued the advice that he got from them, especially what he got from his mom and wife. There‘s a part that wished his mom could have been around for longer and seen become president. I also see how humble and humane he generally is as a person, even though being in a very egocentric world. 4w
Sargar114 I agree with everyone, the biggest emotion I felt was nostalgia. The 4 years of his successor‘s tenure was (and still is) so detrimental to this country that it‘s hard to believe that we‘ll ever overcome it. Reading this did light a little bit of hope that it‘s possible, but with as much damage done it‘ll definitely take time. 4w
CBee @melissajayne I loved the way he talked about his family, especially his Mom. How proud she would have been to see him become President - I know it was bittersweet for him. I honestly didn‘t realize she‘d passed away before he got elected. 4w
CBee @melissajayne I love their relationship. She was so hesitant when he was getting into politics - that part where she said something about “don‘t count on my vote” I almost died 😂😂 4w
CBee @Sargar114 I‘ve stayed hopeful somehow. Even during the dark age of you know who. I‘m much more cynical now than I was though 🙁 4w
Sargar114 @CBee it seems we‘re trying to heal, but seeing all you knows supporters makes it difficult 4w
melissajayne @Sargar114 what has surprised me is how many Canadians like he who shall not be named over the past 6-7 years 4w
melissajayne @CBee I think she would have been very proud of him being president and also the husband and father that he is 4w
AmyG @melissajayne Yes to his family and Micheles. They became good, decent people because of them. And ha….people on twitter call him TFG (the former guy) so as not to say his name. 4w
AmyG @Sargar114 I, too, felt such nostalgia and was amazed that it was not so long ago. My main feeing reading is how fast it seems that we are now in a fight to save our democracy. 4w
CBee @melissajayne I can‘t understand why anyone likes him. Like I will just never be able to fathom that 🙁 4w
CBee @Sargar114 exactly! 4w
CBee @AmyG the former guy 😂 4w
Sargar114 Is it weird that I‘m more comfortable saying Voldemort than his name??? 😂 @CBee @AmyG 4w
CBee @Sargar114 😂😂😂 not weird at all!! 4w
melissajayne @AmyG one of my favourite podcasts calls him that and only that. 4w
melissajayne @CBee I can‘t either, especially those that are on the lower end of the economic spectrum and those that profess to be Christians. I‘m a Christian and see absolutely no Christian values in his behaviour at all. 4w
melissajayne @Sargar114 it is weird 4w
AmyG @CBee He isn‘t a Christian in any sense of the word. He is just being used by them to forward their agenda. (Lord, how many people on here will read this and unfollow us all). 😂 4w
CBee @AmyG I was thinking the same, but we are just having a logical and thoughtful discussion about a book that we all like. Haters can hate 😂😂 4w
CBee @melissajayne no Christian values whatsoever. Like when he held up the Bible like it meant something to him. Ugh. 4w
AmyG @CBee ha…didn‘t he hold it upside down? (edited) 4w
CBee @AmyG you know, I don‘t remember 😂 I guess I‘m blocking out the trauma 😂 4w
Kdgordon88 My daughter and I were fortunate to hear him speak at our local fair grounds during his first campaign. To say we came away “all in” puts it pretty mildly. Here was someone who had a clear eyed vision of what America could be “matching our reality to our ideals”. To go from that, with him fighting every step of the way to improve the lives of all, to what we got after was one of the most heart breaking thing I‘ve experienced. 4w
CBee @Kdgordon88 well put. I agree, and I think I‘m still recovering from the day he left office, and what came after. You know, one thing I just thought of - he really showed me that you can be idealistic but also realistic. Like, believe in the fairy tale but don‘t be disappointed if it doesn‘t come true. Keep trying and make your own fairy tale ♥️ (edited) 4w
melissajayne @AmyG yes and I believe it was backwards as well 4w
AmyG Yes, well said. @kgordon88 @Sargar114. One of the greatest disappointments I‘ve ever experienced. My in-laws escaped Hitler and Germany and yet I just never expected to live in such dangerous times. I don‘t know why…my upbringing? The times I lived in? Hard to wrap my head around. 4w
CBee @AmyG I don‘t think anyone expected it. I do wonder why this division and evil rhetoric seemed to pop up out of nowhere after Obama left - or was it there all along? Lying dormant until the “right” time to strike? It‘s like T gave them permission to give in to the dark side, or something 🤷‍♀️ 4w
AmyG @CBee I think TFG opened the door and basically gave them permission to hate openly. 4w
CBee @AmyG I agree. This discussion has been so great so far - so glad I decided to do this and that y‘all joined me! ♥️ 4w
ncsufoxes Sorry that I‘m late to the discussion (my booster shot kicked my butt last week). Anyhow I have enjoyed reading through everyone‘s comments so far & agree with y‘all. Some of the things that stood out for me was him discussing his background of doing community engagement & wanting to do more & trying to find a way to help people on a grander scale. I totally get that. It‘s hard when you are at the bottom (like in social services) & all these 3w
ncsufoxes people are making decisions at the top but have no idea what it‘s like on the ground. I liked his discussions on how he really tried to stay connected to his community & let them know that he was listening & trying to help make a difference in their communities. I think politics becomes so muddied with money & power that most people at the top don‘t understand what the average person is going through, much less someone from a low income 3w
ncsufoxes community. I also liked how he discussed how the thoughts of racism and our country‘s past had an influence on his decision to run. I really enjoyed this first part & happy to be reading along with everyone 3w
CBee @ncsufoxes hey! Congrats on the booster 👏🏻👏🏻 Glad you‘re feeling better, mine kicked my butt a little too (but it‘s worth it). Loved your comments and agree! Politicians can be so out of touch IMO and I love how he still always tried to remember where he came from and why he was in politics in the first place. 3w
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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So, I‘m thinking my last book will be The Push as I started it today, it‘ll probably be the first of next year as well, along with Part 2 of A Promised Land for #obamabuddyread. Thanks Kristen @BookNAround ♥️😊 #lastfirst

A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Welp, I did a tad bit of damage at Barnes & Nobles‘ “50% off all hardcovers” sale today. 😬

Leftcoastzen I have the Schiff on my never ending pile! 1mo
Amiable @Leftcoastzen I was going to wait until it came out in paperback to get it, but this was an opportunity I couldn‘t pass up! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I loved Obama‘s book. It took me a long time to read it just because of the density of the material, his voice definitely comes through. 1mo
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Amiable @Leftcoastzen I‘m actually thinking about reading it first and then listening to the audiobook, since Obama narrates it himself. I normally don‘t like audiobooks (my mind wanders too much) but I feel like this might be an exception. 1mo
Megabooks I have American Made out from the library now! 1mo
Amiable @Megabooks I hope it‘s good! 😬 1mo
CBee @Amiable I‘m doing a buddy read with a few others of the Obama book, if you‘re interested in reading along with us! We just did Part 1 in December. Either way, enjoy the book ♥️👏🏻 4w
Amiable @CBee I‘m starting my #ChunksterChallenge2022 book first (tagged here), so I likely won‘t tackle the Obama book for a few months. Are you using a hashtag for your buddy read? I‘d love to see your thoughts about the book when I do get to it! (edited) 4w
Amiable @CBee Excellent -- thanks! Are you guys enjoying it so far? 4w
CBee @Amiable oh yes! He‘s an incredible writer, though I do think we are all feeling a bit of sad nostalgia - just about what was and what happened after. Bringing up a lot of feelings. 4w
Amiable @CBee Oh my gosh, yes. I think that's another reason why I've continued to wait a bit to read it. I need more distance from the previous administration. I felt like I was suffering PTSD in the days immediately afterwards. 4w
CBee @Amiable same! I kind of spiraled after Obama left and you know who took over (if you can even call it that). And I feel like the country is still so broken and reeling from those four years. 4w
Amiable @CBee I know! I was doing a presidential biography challenge and had to stop for several years after 2016–I couldn‘t stomach the thought of reading anything about 45. (Although my brother said the impeachment transcripts could count. 😀) My stepmom gave me all of the Bob Woodward books about him but I still can‘t touch them yet. Or maybe ever. 😖 4w
CBee @Amiable I admire that - I struggle with nonfic (hence me breaking TPL into monthly installments lol)! I stopped watching the news for four years 😂 Even when Covid hit and I needed info…. It was just hard to watch him stand up there and pretend to care, you know? 4w
Amiable @CBee I do know! And I wanted to stop watching the news, but I work in healthcare (I do communications for a large health system) and had no choice but to keep abreast of what was going on with the pandemic. It was so hard. I can't even stand the sound of his voice -- it makes me nauseated. 😫 4w
CBee @Amiable I don‘t envy you that. I used to be a nurse but couldn‘t imagine doing it now. And handling communications for a whole healthcare system? Wow. I‘m sure your job has been super stressful too 🙁 His voice does the same to me, just everything about him is awful and makes my skin crawl. Hopefully some of these lawsuits and such will pan out and he‘ll be held somewhat accountable…. 🤷‍♀️ 4w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast #MashUp My last one of 2021.

All except Christmas by the book are rereads…turning into a holiday tradition. I think Christmas Carol Murder will join The Bear back on the shelf. I received so many great books as gifts I am ready to dive in to them plus catch-up on our #ObamaBuddyRead.

Thanks, Cindy, for continuing this weekly check-in!

tracey38 I just finished Christmas by the Books this afternoon and loved it. 1mo
Cinfhen I know what you mean about books you want to dive into!!! I can‘t wait 😜 SO MANY I‘m excited for!!! 1mo
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